Now that smartphones and tablets have become widespread, people who want to "shop online", "read news on websites", and "connect with friends via Facebook or LINE" can turn on the power of desktop PCs and laptops. It's almost gone. PCs belong to a limited number of people, including web designers, programmers / software engineers, and business people who use office applications for businesses.
The "Portabook" XMC10 is a PC that aims at the more niche field of "business trips for business people" in this limited market. PC, which is considered to be a general-purpose product, specializes in "creating business documents using Word," "numerical calculation using Excel," "presentation using PowerPoint," and "online meetings using Skype, etc." It is being recreated as a device dedicated to business trips.
To achieve this, Windows 10 is installed in the "Porter Book". The "latest version" of Office 365, which is often used in business, has been made available easily. The Office 365 service also includes a 60-minute monthly Skype calling plan.
The main unit is equipped with full-size terminals required for business, such as HDMI terminal, VGA terminal, USB port and SD memory card slot. You might ask, "VGA nowadays?", But this may be surprisingly encouraging, as HDMI-compatible projectors are often not available at business trip destinations.
And the biggest feature is the keyboard. A "slide arc keyboard" that can be folded in two has been adopted. As a result, when folded, it achieves a compact size that is almost the same as an A5 size notebook. Nevertheless, when in use, it was opened to allow character input with the full keyboard. This idea can be said to be the same as "Pomera" equipped with a folding keyboard.
Yes, the "Portabook" is closer to Pomera than existing laptops. Pomera was an "input-only device" with a foldable keyboard and a small monitor. "Portabook" is a "device for business trips" with a Windows 10 computer added to the keyboard. You can see that by looking at the specs.
The CPU installed in the "Porter Book" is Intel Atom x7-Z8700, and the clock is 1.6GHz. The installed memory is 2GB. The display size is an 8-inch TFT and the resolution is 1,280x768, all of which are very modest. Since memory cannot be added or replaced, it is not suitable for junior high school students who want to play games, high school students who want to make music with DTM, and fathers who want to edit videos of children's athletic meet. But enough for business. That's the spec.
King Jim's development manager said about the "porter book" as follows.
"'Portabook' is not a spec-first product, nor is it a product that will change the future of business, but tomorrow's business trip may change."
Now, there are two unfortunate points in the "Porta Book". The first is that it was not compatible with SIM cards. It would have been more convenient for business trips if a cheap SIM that could be used for about 600 yen a month was available. I think that it means "Tethering should be used", but the convenience of connecting to the Internet as soon as the switch is turned on because it has a built-in SIM is quite a step back once it becomes a matter of course. Is difficult.
The other is that the battery life was about 5 hours, which was also modest. For example, if you are traveling from Tokyo to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen, you may be able to keep the battery even if you continue to use the "Portabook" in the car. However, if the business trip destination is Hakata, it will be out. If the "Porter Book" is made into a series and the XMC20 and XMC100 are released, I would like you to improve here.
The price is open. The release date is February 12, 2016. As for those who own all Pomera models, of course, I plan to purchase them on the release date.